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Learning By Heart

Learning By Heart

Roland S. Barth, Deborah Meier (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-787-95925-8

Mar 2002, Jossey-Bass

272 pages



A decade after publication of his best-selling book, Barth returns to the schoolhouse. Drawing from a career committed to building schools rich in community, learning, and leadership, he shows how to accomplish the most difficult task of school reform-transforming a school's culture so that it will be hospitable to human learning. In an engaging conversational style, he suggests how school people can become the architects, engineers, and designers of their own schools-and of their own destinies.

Foreword xi

Deborah Meier

Acknowledgments xv

The Author xvii

Introduction xix

1. Thinking Otherwise 1

2. Culture in Question 7

3. A Community of Learners 21

4. Information Rich and Experience Poor 31

5. Exploration 41

6. Craft Knowledge 53

7. Reflection 65

8. Teacher Leadership 75

9. Impediments and Opportunities 87

10. Teachers and Principals 105

11. On Becoming a Principal 119

12. Conditions for Learning 143

13. Some Questions 167

14. Risk 183

15. Coming to a Vision 193

Epilogue 209

Appendix A: A Letter to Parents 215

Appendix B: Some Thoughts on ""Conditions for Learning"" 221

Notes 233

Index 239

  • Shows how to build a community of learners and leaders.
  • Examines the conditions and hidden capacities that can promote continuous learning and authentic change.
  • Inspires and challenges our notion of the schoolhouse and the people who live and work there.
  • Includes case studies of successful and profound school reform.
  • Helpful appendix on applying Barth's ""conditions for learning"" in any school setting.